Landsat Island

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NASA image of Landsat Island taken by Landsat 7 on August 7, 2002.

Landsat Island is a small, uninhabited island located 20 km off the northeast coast of Labrador (part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador). It was discovered in 1976[1] during the analysis of imagery from the Landsat 1 satellite. Its total area is only 25 m by 45 m (1,125 m²).


In 1976, a Canadian coastal survey was carried out using data from the Landsat 1 satellite. Analysis of the data revealed several previously uncharted features; this includes Landsat Island, which was subsequently named after the satellite. Verification of the island's existence fell to Dr. Frank Hall of the Canadian Hydrographic Service:

Following Dr. Hall's encounter with the polar bear, it was suggested that the island be named "Polar Island,"[2] but the present name was retained.

Landsat Island marks the easternmost point of the Canadian land mass along this section of the Labrador coast. As such, its discovery increased Canada's maritime territory by 68 km².

Flora and fauna[edit]

As experienced by Dr. Hall, it appears that polar bears frequent the island. As of 2014, no extensive studies of flora or fauna have been conducted there.


  1. ^ Gray, David H. (Summer 2000). "Discovering Rocks Off Labrador: A Photo Essay" (PDF). IBRU Boundary and Security Bulletin: 89, 99. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  2. ^ Rocchio, Laura (April 19, 2006). "Landsat Island". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 

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Coordinates: 60°10′37″N 64°2′30″W / 60.17694°N 64.04167°W / 60.17694; -64.04167